Rebeka Kotlo, PhD
Faculty of Law, Džemal Bijedić University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ivana Mijić Vulinović, PhD


Gender discrimination and domestic violence against women are critical points of the human rights system in the Republic of Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and due to the crisis caused by the Covid 19 pandemic, the situation has worsened. The legal framework and the envisaged institutional mechanisms in both countries are at a satisfactory level, so the question arises as to what are the key causes of the discrepancy between the normative and the actual state of affairs as well as the aforementioned deterioration. This work starts from the assumption that the root of the problem rests in: traditional heritage, economic dependence of women on men, and inadequate institutional protection of victims of gender discrimination and domestic violence.

Keywords: Republic of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, gender discrimination, domestic violence, Covid 19

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